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JO asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 5 years ago

Can someone explain Shaw v Reno case in North Carolina?

Can some explain why the government (Democrats or Republicans idk) decide to make the district like a 100 mile line? I know it has to do w/ majority minority for black people, but why. What was the purpose? Simple english please and no wikipedia

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  • -j.
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    5 years ago
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    North Carolina decided to do some "redistricting" in 1990. Their first plan basically squeezed almost all the black neighborhoods into one district. The Department of Justice said "nice try, go back to the drawing board."

    North Carolina came back with a plan that said "okay, here's TWO black-majority districts", except the second one was an absurdly narrow strip that stopped just short of connecting the dots between individual black voters' houses.

    This plan was challenged by Carolinians; the District court approved it but on appeal the Supreme Court shot it down, 5-4.

    The result is that redistricting has to be sensible and fair; doing it on the basis of race is a violation of the equal protections clause of the 14th Amendment.

  • 5 years ago

    Gerrymandering is a tried and true occupation of American politics. It doesn't matter which party is in power, the one who has it when voting districts need to be redesigned try to do it to their advantage. My state of Maryland is a true blue state. It votes that way because of Gerrymandering. Texas is a red state. It's the same thing for the same reason there.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering

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